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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Zimbabwe: King Shango Arrived to a Huge Welcome!

Reggae giant, Capleton now refered to as King Shango, landed at the Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe yesterday afternoon and was impressed with the reception he received from Zimbabwean fans.

Fans arrived at the airport in their numbers as early as 11am in buses provided by Red Rose Entertainment, the organisers of the Capleton shows.

The Rastafarian community in Zimbabwe, which had a choir on standby, came in their numbers and chanted reggae tunes while waiting for Capleton to touch down.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Tribute to the Reggae Legends" Celebrates Milestone and Reggae Greats

In February, Tribute to the Reggae Legends will honor current and deceased reggae legends, including Gregory “Cool Ruler” Isaacs and Sugar Minott, who both died this year. 

The event was formerly known as the Bob Marley Festival; the name change has proven critical to paying recognition to the foundation and new artists. 

An exclusive sneak peek at the lineup that Makeda Dread Cheatom, director of the WorldBeat Center has scheduled, is impressive. In an interview, she spoke about the fans’ preference for certain genres of reggae music: “San Diego is unique in that it likes roots and culture reggae.” 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dubtonic Kru to Represent Jamaica in the Global Battle of the Bands

Reggae band Dubtonic Kru has proved their worth once more by  outperforming nine other Jamaican bands to win the local leg of the Global Battle of the Bands (GBoB) and booking their space as the official band to represent Jamaica in the competition.

Dubtonic Kru will face off with other bands from across the globe at the Global Battle of the Bands (GBoB) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 26, 2011. The winning band will walk away with a cash prize of $US100,000, worldwide promotion and the bragging rights that comes with it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

House of Marley Introduces Bob Marley Branded Headphones, iPod Docks and Other Accessories

For its 2011 Collection, House of Marley has introduces some very nice audio accessories that will adhere to the Marley family core values: “equality, unity, authenticity, charity and sustainability.” You can expect to see boom boxes, docking stations, earphones and headphones. Currently the collection contains three different lines: Jammin’, Freedom, and Destiny. Each one is geared towards a specific consumer, be it teenagers or audiophiles.

The Marley branded accessories will be available in three different categories; Jammin, Freedom and Destiny

Each product will be packaged with a unique ‘one love” bracelet as a symbol showing support of “one love,” unity and peace. The bracelets will be made using eco-friendly materials and will be inspired by artisans, factory and field workers from around the world.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Diplo Selects Greensleeves": A Re-load and Re-release of Great Reggae Classics

Experimentalist music producer and remix mastermind Diplo teams up with Greensleeves Records to reload and re-release some of Reggae's greatest classics on Riddimentary - Diplo Selects Greensleeves.

Known for his electronic dub musical styling and as one-half of world renowned production team Major Lazer, Thomas Wesley Pentz aka Diplo lends his eclectic ear and considerable talents as a Reggae selector to Riddimentary. The continuous blended mix covers over 20 years of revoluntionary Jamaican and UK hits from the top producers in Dub, Reggae and Dancehall from the 1980s and 1990s. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Damian Marley and Nas to Tour New Zealand

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and hip-hop icon Nas will be bringing the Reggae-Hiphop fused vibes to the Kiwi shores in February 2011 as part of their groundbreaking "Distant Relatives" Tour.
Bringing together two highly influential musicians, the tour celebrates the release of their first co-created album, Distant Relatives.
Unlike all previous collaborations between Jamaican and

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Marley Family Launched "The Marley Missions & The Giving Center" from

The Movement Aims to Spread Bob Marley's Message of Peace and Unity While Encouraging the New Generation of "Young Gongs" to Change the World

Consistently, through his music, Bob Marley has always been committed to spreading a positive message, one of peace, hope, love and prosperity. Now, his family has now commit themselves to keep his mission and message alive through the project.

Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" Selected for the 2011 Grammys' Hall of Fame Induction

Hall of Fame is definitely no unfamiliar territory for Jimmy Cliff who was inducted into the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, his memorable single "Many Rivers to Cross" has been selected among other indelible recordings by the The Recording Academy® for the 2011 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®.

In continuing its mission to preserve and celebrate music year-round, The Recording Academy® announces the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® collection. Established by The Academy's National Trustees in 1973, the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, and final approval is made by The Recording Academy Trustees. With 30 new titles, the list currently totals 881 and is displayed at The GRAMMY Museum®

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) gave its Approval to Reggae TV Channel

On Friday (Dec. 3) CRTC approved an application from MTT Communications Inc. to operate a new Category 2 specialty channel called Reggae TV.  

The channel  will be devoted to the music and sounds of the Caribbean such  as reggae, dancehall, Caribbean festival music and performances, musicians and news about them and their art.

CRTC approved MTT Communications Inc's request to

Friday, December 3, 2010

Junior Reid to Entertain Some of California's Best Medical Marijuana Growers at this year's Doesha Cup

California's Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative may have been defeated, however the revelry will continue when reggae giant Junior Reid among other hiphop acts will pay homage to and entertain California's medical marijuana growers at this year's Doesha Cup 2010 on Saturday, December 4, 2010! Presented by Dr. Ingleweed, the proprietor of the South Bay area based medical marijuana cooperative, the All American Health & Healing Cooperative, the Doesha Cup is an annual invitation only, exclusive affair celebrating its fifth year.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The 53rd Grammy Awards: And the Nominees for "Best Reggae Album" are....

The Grammy nominations were announced last night in Los Angeles. And, for the first time, the announcements were accompanied by a concert at the Nokia CenterThis year's nominees for "Best Reggae Album" are:

"Before The Dawn- Buju Banton
"Isaacs Meets Isaac- Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac
"Revelation- Lee "Scratch" Perry
"Made In Jamaica" - Bob Sinclair and Sly & Robbie
"One Pop Reggae" - Sly & Robbie And The Family Taxi
"Legacy An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh" - Andrew Tosh.

Buju Banton Gets The Green Light to Perform

Fans of Buju Banton can now breath a sigh of relief as they will get a chance to see the Reggae star perform live. After Porcelli denied Banton's initial request to perform live citing risks that Banton might flee; he was yesterday (December 1st) granted the go ahead by U.S. Judge James Moody after an appeal by his lawyer Markus.

Banton's manager, Tracii McGregor, said, "There has been a lot of talk about benefit concerts" by other musicians to raise money for Banton. But, for now, the focus is on the planned show. The first planned show is schedule for January 16th (We will keep you posted if there are any changes).